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Confused Flip-Floppers or Simply Forgetful?
October 11, 2004
Many of the same people complaining that President Bush didn't do enough
to prevent the terrorist attacks of September 11th also now chastise him
for our nation's pre-emptive strike on Iraq. But are they pretending to
be unaware of the treaty signed by Saddam Hussein in 1991? And the
numerous resolutions on Iraq initiated by the United Nations, and the
twelve years that Saddam Hussein limited, blocked and hampered the
efforts of international weapons inspectors? Saddam thwarted the United
Nation's efforts to enforce and ensure Iraq's mandated destruction of
weapons of mass destruction (illegal chemical and biological weapons),
and effectively ignoring the demands and desires of the united
While there has been no proof that any great amount of weapons of mass
destruction actually remained in Iraq at the time of our invasion, there
is no shortage of sources that were certain we would find them. We all
know that he had them, that he used them previously, that he failed to
provide documentation of their destruction and that he repeatedly
refused to allow weapons inspectors unfettered access to suspect
facilities. Now we are finding multiple sources showing that Saddam
Hussein had every intention of reconstituting his biological and chemical
weapons programs as soon as the heat was off of him. Yes our
intelligence was wrong, as was the intelligence of agencies and
governments around the globe. Of this embarrassment there is no excuse.
The United States should have had the most extensive network in the world
providing the most comprehensive data possible.
How about Saddam's chemical attacks on Kurds and Americans? In 1993
Hussein attempted to assassinate one of our US Presidents. For years
Saddam paid $10,000 to every Palestinian family that sent a son or
daughter to be a suicide bomber and attack innocent civilians; CIVILIAN
WOMEN AND CHILDREN going quietly about their lives, heading to the
market, work or school. How about the repeated threats against US
interests as well as the planned attacks uncovered by Russian intelligence?
What about the secret deals between Saddam and France, Russia and China
in which illegal
trading in defiance of UN sanctions were conducted for the financial
benefit of the French and the detriment of the Iraqi people? And
France's under-the-table deal with Hussein that they would veto any
additional resolutions or actions against Iraq which were initiated by
the United States. Even more disgusting was the involvement of several
UN officials in the plot to subvert the oil for food program to illegally
get around UN imposed trade restrictions for the benefit of cheap oil
and to line their own greedy pockets.
By Saddam's own admissions, repeated threats and years of boldly defying
the UN weapons inspectors he too thought he had them. Whether Hussein
was actually duped by his scientists, very extremely mistaken in his
assertions, or just very successful in his attempts to bluff the world;
his failure to comply with treaties, sanctions and numerous resolutions
ultimately led to his downfall.
How much longer that those twelve years should we have waited for the UN
to act? Saddam Hussein single-handedly proved the irrelevance of the
United Nations as an organization incapable or unwilling to enforce the
multiple demands and resolutions. Every time Hussein flexed, the United
Nations would take another step back effectively giving him even greater
leeway. Saddam knew the United Nations was content with words and would
perform no enforcing actions.
At one point they complained that the US government did nothing to
prevent the 9/11 attacks? Why did they condone preventive action in
the aftermath of the World Trade Center attack, but later completely
changed your opinion a full 180 degrees? Would they have reacted
differently if we had been attacked a second or third time? Did their
attitude simply change with the passage of time or was it some particular
event that caused them to forget what happened on that early Tuesday
morning? What would it take to make them flip-flop again? At what point
might they decide that pre-emptive action is the only way to deter
terrorism and to ensure a safer country for our kids? We cannot allow
uncontrolled emotions to lead us. That is why we so desperately need
to continue to follow the strong, steady, principled leadership that
President George W. Bush has provided.
We have to face the threat. This is not a war against a particular
country or an organized force. These terrorists hide until they find
their preferred moment to attack a selected easy target such as innocent
civilians or children in a classroom. This hate is an evil weed in the
garden of peace. If we ignore it now and fail to strike at the source,
the roots will sink deeper and it will continue to grow stronger;
spreading further and becoming an even more difficult foe that we will
inevitably have to face in the future.
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What Does John Kerry Stand For?
September 9, 2004
Does John Kerry know what the average American wants? Does he feel our concern
regarding the evil people who threaten to destroy our liberty and way of life?
Can he understand our concern about the future of our economy and the importance
of making the recent tax cuts permanent? How about his comprehension of our desire
to ensure a strong, safe, proud America for our children and grandchildren as
well? What about our need to be making the difficult decisions now and
sacrificing during these challenging times for the benefit of our great nation's
prosperous and promising future?
I am afraid that John Kerry doesn't even seem to know himself. I do believe
that he sincerely desires to be our president, but I do not know what he
believes he can do for America. You don't get this most important job in the
world by wanting it alone. Neither do you get it by pandering to every person
and group or zigzagging down the highway of our nations political highway
attempting to stay in the middle of the road on every issue. He needs to
interview for the job, explain his vision and long-term plans for our country.
What does he aim to overhaul, fix, improve and how will he go about doing it?
Flitting like a humming bird from each newly blossoming issue to the next
shows no dedication. No willingness to question, study, learn, and ultimately
inspires no faith in the voting population. The voter wants to feel some
emotion and trust that his or her vote is important and can actually make a
difference. The behavior thus far displayed by candidate John Kerry actually
shows the people that he does not truly care about anything other that adding
US President to his resume.
Got Your Party Planned?
October 12, 2004
Many people are faced with a very difficult decision in this year's presidential election.
Three years after 9/11 they have regressed easily into the comfort zone of daily life in
the USA. Any notion of a pre-emptive action to prevent additional terrorist attacks in
our homeland has been eroded by the massive flooding of second-guessing. Additionally,
there is a general acceptance by many that we probably deserved the attacks and that terror
is something that we can more easily live with than confront.
Like their initial revulsion at the 9/11 attacks, their support for George W. Bush too has
waned. Neither are they experiencing any excitement over the John Kerry candidacy.
While the current political system extremely limits the options of the American voter,
it is important for these people to remember that our system also does not allow for a
vote against a candidate. Your only option is to vote for one of them or to make your
statement by not voting at all.
If you are one of these undecided people then you still have time to read, research and
educate yourself on the issues and records of the candidates. You already know what
issues are important to you and your family. It is now of great importance to know what
you are voting for, rather than what you think you may be voting against. Your vote is
valuable and you should not cast it lightly.
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Our Two Party Political System
October 12, 2004
The current two-party political system we have in this country is ineffective and bears
the responsibility for our populations increasing disfranchisement with the whole
political electoral process.
By allowing the people such a limited choice in voting the party leaders and politicians
retain greater control over the process and can select which type of campaign strategy
they wish to employ: positive or negative. Candidates and parties can determine
whether it is more beneficial (to their own interests, not those of the voting public)
to promote themselves, their records, ideas and plans positively or to simply spend
all their focus and monies on telling us why we should not vote for the other guy.
With this limited field, citizens often feel that there is no real difference
between the candidates, no true choice available, that their vote won't really
matter, and simply decide to tune out and not participate at all. Others will
be led (or coerced) into voting against a candidate or issue simply because they
feel there is not a candidate that actually represents their individual interests
or way of thinking.
The American people should have greater options. This two-party system frequently
creates an undesirable outcome. The most popular method of voting against a
candidate is to vote for his or her opponent. This results in your ballot not
being cast for someone you support, but ultimately being cast for a "lesser of
two evils" thereby still selecting a candidate that you do not really want.
The other option that exists is to write in a candidate. You can write in the
name of any other person not listed on the ballot. Likewise, you can simply
elect to write in "neither" or "not this guy." If enough of you take the
initiative to vote your true conscience rather than simply settling, then your
collective voices will be heard.
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Continuity is Key
September 19, 2004
Continuity is the key to America's brighter future through these challenging
times. We have seen some incredibly tough times here in the United States over
the past three years. We were all caught off-guard by the September 11, 2001
surprise attacks. Our government was not at all prepared for such an event,
but in these past three years since we have made incredible progress. Our
nation's economy has recovered at a very amazing. In the past year alone
we've experienced an economic growth spurt of over 4.5%; that's as high as any
year since the 1980s! This economy has created over 1.5 million new jobs in
the past year alone. Home ownership is at a historical level of almost 70%
of all US families and a new record high of over 50% of minority families
nationwide. Every single one of these statistics is incredible when you
recall the devastation our country has suffered so recently from the burst
of the dotcom bubble, the recession beginning in the late 1990s, the despicable
attacks on our innocents on 9/11/01, and our continuing global war on terrorism.
Our homeland is more secure than it has ever been due to increased attention,
funding and overall awareness by citizens. We have developed new, stronger
allies abroad and even received cooperation from old foes. Working with allied
governments we have taken the fight to the terrorists, across multiple borders
where they lurk and hide, employing both our unmatched military power and our
continually improving intelligence operations. Many of those whom we identified
as terrorist leaders and coordinators have been captured or were killed in our
attempts to detain them. And by the grace of God we have not suffered another
terrorist attack on American soil.
President George W. Bush has had to face obstacles and events unlike anything
encountered by any American president before him ever. I believe that he has
responded valiantly and has led us with integrity and fearlessness in the face
of extreme adversity. His path has been a lonely one for the most part, but
he has stayed the course nonetheless. Some might call it stubbornness, but
I define it as decisiveness. President Bush's faith in doing what must be
done to ensure the future of America is truly inspirational. His decisions
are obviously formulated to enhance the long-term future of our nation rather
than simply to cover his time in office. He focuses more on the preservation
our country's freedoms rather than only having the shortsighted and selfish
goal of seeing himself reelected for another term. Isn't this the type of man
we desperately need to retain in the Oval Office? I believe that we must
reelect President Bush to maintain the continuity of our current progresses.
George W. Bush's steady leadership is imperative in these times of dramatic change.
Can You Understand the Hate?
August 26, 2004
I've been to multiple chat rooms (some political and others not) and my pro-Bush
screen name regularly attracts both attention and attack. The many dozens of
people I have talked with have unanimously proven themselves completely incapable of
participating in a civilized discussion. They are all quite prolific in their
repetition of curse words, anti-Bush slogans, name calling, and their employment
of tactical evasion of relevance when involved in discussion. They often begin
by attempting to bait me with questions such as "do you really support Bush", "what
do you think of the situation in Iraq"' or "how come you Americans are so barbaric
and can support a president who alienates the entire world"? "Even Christians around
the world think the war is wrong and that their belief in peace is the answer."
My answers are usually brief and to the point because it doesn't take much to tell
you why I support President Bush George W. Bush and our war on terrorism. Our current
president has been faced with incredible challenges that no other American president
has ever had to deal with. I support President Bush because he has made these
decisions in the face of incredible challenges and taken decisive action that he
thought would preserve this great nation and protect my children's future. On
top of that, he made those difficult decisions without regard to his own political future but with the patriotic desire to do his presidential duties and defend our nation, constitution and way of life.
Concerning Iraq, we did what we had to do faced with the information we had.
I support preemptive action to protect and preserve my nation and family. I was
devastated by the horribly evil attacks we suffered on September 11, 2001.
In no way at all can I believe that we "deserved it," and I have no desire to
ever see anything like that again in our homeland. The poor quality of the
worldwide intelligence community was an atrocious failure. As the richest and
most powerful nation on Earth, we should have led the way rather than fall
embarrassingly on our faces in our gathering of information.
I support peace as well. I share in the Christian belief of peace. And I know
that our goal is always peace. But peace only works in a society that respects it.
Unfortunately a belief alone provides no protection. Peace is a cooperative
effort. The USA has always followed a procedure of preemptive peace. But once
it is violated, what do you do next? Peace can only be done proactively but
really serves no useful purpose reactively. I mean, explain to me how you
react peacefully to unwarranted aggression: to surprise attacks on
non-combatants; to the killing of little children and innocent men and women
in their homes and offices? Exactly how is self-defense barbaric? The
United States has always been the home of the most humane warriors in
history. We capture rather than kill, disarm rather than fight, negotiate
rather than attack, send billions in aid to hundreds of less fortunate
nations and people worldwide, and always invest billions of dollars and
years of work into rebuilding what was damaged or destroyed by us or others.
What other nation in history has even come close to doing what we have done
and continue to do in response to worldwide needs and requests for aid?
Their responses are usually long, weak, invoke fictional data, incorporate
extremely foul language and are shouted loudly or typed in bold capital
letters. But the content is void of any actual facts, no relevant rebuttal
is included and they usually try to alter the original subject as a
distraction. I am not sure whether this tactic is an intentional
distraction or simply the unconscious attempt to avoid the possibility of
truth or facts.
I do not understand the hate, though I have patiently tried.
Oh, and one other thing these angry people never mention in their George W.
Bush, anti-American rants......John Kerry.
Democrats Hood-Winked and Exposed!!
September 1, 2004
Continually misunderestimated, our President George W. Bush has done it again! The Republican National
Committee is holding its national convention in downtown Liberalville New York City. The Left
has repeatedly questioned the wisdom of holding the Republican Convention in such a liberally biased
location, yet once again they never failed to follow through with the thought and actually figure
out what its all about. The Libs have planned all sorts of massive protests, marches, nude dances,
as well as called for entertainment and transportation strikes, service personnel walk-outs, and even
gone so far as to actually advocate civil disobedience! Why, they've even coordinated a cadre of attorneys
offering pro-bono representation for anyone who will actually go far enough across the line of decency
to have themselves arrested.
Wow! Can you just imagine where we might be if all of this inexplicable hate
was focused into creative energy and applied to the positive improvement of our nation?? Tell you what...if
these hate-mongers could possibly organize themselves, become truly informed of facts,
introduce a candidate that excites the people rather than just someone who is "not Bush",
then I might actually worry that they would present such a formidable opponent that doom would
surely befall our great nation.
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